Diabetes

Symptoms of Diabetes

In both types of Diabetes, signs and symptoms are more likely to be similar as the blood sugar is high, either due to less or no production of insulin, or insulin resistance. These symptoms may include:

If you have any of the above symptoms, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. The good news is that if you do have Diabetes your symptoms will get better when your blood sugar is under better control.
People with Type 1 Diabetes will usually present with more severe symptoms. Patients with undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes can become very ill with high sugar and ketone levels in their body. They can get very dehydrated and may go into a coma. This is called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and requires urgent medical attention. After starting insulin therapy and correcting the dehydration, usually in hospital, the person will return to good health quickly.
On the other hand, people with Type 2 Diabetes may have the condition for many years without realising it. Symptoms are generally not very apparent and the disease progresses very slowly over time making it very hard to diagnose.